This album investigates the sonic boundaries of the piano engaged in dialogue with expressively performed electronics that are used to both enhance and compliment the capabilities of the instrument. The duo utilizes improvisation as a means to develop a rich language of musical material ranging from gentle, subtle textures to aggressive noise, approaching the physical limitations of their instruments on both ends of the spectrum.
Daedalus nine and peninsula deaD are open improvisations that consider sonic extremes as formal structure. Both players attempt to extract a wide spectrum of sound material from their instruments while maintaining a sense of consistency between them. The performers engage with various layers of feedback loops - both literally and conceptually - in order to cultivate the material between and among each other as a form of communication: relaying the sonic data they create and develop.
-- Alex Lough
"…wash yourself of yourself" incorporates two electronics techniques that I developed from 2008 to 2010 and refined in 2014 and 2015. One technique uses real-time spectral analysis to create timbres by both subtractive and additive synthesis. These timbres imitate the original sounds as well as the combination tones our brains create when hearing these sounds. The other technique uses real-time spectral analyses to create statistically transforming clouds of microtonal samples. In the case of my recent piano works, the samples used to create these clouds are also piano sounds. Both of these techniques aim to provide listeners with methods to explore their own listening.
"…wash yourself of yourself" presents the these techniques in an open and structured improvisational manner. The title come from the line in a poem by Rumi, "Be melting snow, wash yourself of yourself." Following this line, this work reflects an attempt to totally formalize and remove any unintentional mannerisms from my music.
The work is written for and dedicated to my lovely wife, the Taiwanese composer and pianist Chen-Hui Jen.